Respect Life Committee

  One life touched... the world changed.  

  The St. Francis Respect Life Committee takes Mary as its model in love as we strive to change the world by             working for a culture of life.  God's love is for ALL human beings... from the moment of conception to natural
  death.  Our mission is to provide avenues of education and prayer within our parish and archdiocese.

 "Each of us has a mission, each of us is called to change the world, to work for a culture of life, a culture forged
by love and respect for the dignity of each human person."   
Pope Benedict XVI, London 9/18/10

Parents’ Rights in Education

Mission:  We exist in order to provide accurate information, effective tools, and strategic support to parents, school officials, and community members who have reason for concern about comprehensive sexuality education in Oregon public schools grades K-12.
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Petition deadline for signatures is MOTHER'S DAY (May 11, 2014).
Oregon Right to Life Annual Conference
2014 Theme: Value Life, Beginning to End
April 12, Portland
Keynote Speaker:
Fr. Frank Pavone - National Director of Priests for Life since 1993. He is also the President of the National Pro-life Religious Council, and the National Pastoral Director of the Silent No More Awareness Campaign and of Rachel's Vineyard, the world's largest ministry of healing after abortion.
He was asked by Mother Teresa to speak in India on the life issues and the Vatican appointed him to the Pontifical Council for the Family, which coordinates the pro-life activities of the Catholic Church. He also serves as a member of the Vatican's Pontifical Academy for Life.
He was a dynamic speaker who reminded us that we are working FROM victory (Christ's Victory on the Cross) and not for victory. Some points he touched on in his presentations:
1. From the depths of our humanity we want to lift people out of despair
2. Building a Culture of Life because we are the body of Christ
3. Defending the rights of Our Creator
4. Anyone in need and suffering is our brother or sister
5. We are called to spread the Gospel of Life due to our baptism - our mission flows through the Sacraments
Keynote Speaker: Archbishop Alexander Sample
'Use the light of reason' 
Moral law as objectively true as physical law, archbishop tells pro-lifers
Ed Langlois Of the Catholic Sentinel

Archbishop Alexander Sample told a conference of pro-life advocates today that their cause has gained momentum because of the objective truths of science and technology. But, the archbishop said, objective moral truth must be embraced, too, lest the world swing from one damaging cultural fad to another. 

"The grave problem in our society and modern culture today is the lack of recognition of a moral law which transcends the human person," Archbishop Sample told hundreds of pro-lifers gathered in Portland from all over the state.  

The day-long conference, organized by Oregon Right to Life, included talks covering the links between Planned Parenthood and the Girl Scouts and discussion of pro-choice influence in public schools. Other speakers examined Obamacare, advance health care directives, the stem cell debate and the great potential of adoption. Continued opposition to assisted suicide was also on the agenda. But abortion, which has ended the lives of 55 million unborn children in the U.S. since 1973, was the main issue.   

In his mid-day address, Archbishop Sample pointed to genetic advances showing that at conception each human being is already utterly unique and complex. He lauded ultrasound imaging, which shows the "fragility and beauty of life in its most nascent form."

But moral natural law is just as objectively true as any physical law, and the truth is independent of whether a certain individual recognizes it, he said.

Some people say there is no objective moral law, but logic and experience tells us otherwise, the archbishop explained. He urged listeners to "use the light of human reason to discover."  

The decline of reason and recognition of moral truth has brought society to the point at which there is not even agreement on the essential nature of the human person, the archbishop warned. 

Many young people attended the conference, including a contingent from Marist High School in Eugene called Marist for Life. Some 20-somethings wore shirts that said, "I survived Roe v Wade."

Molly Reed, a 25-year-old special education teacher in Eugene came to today's conference to help hone her skills of persuasion in a city where she feels like an anomaly. 

"I wanted to get more empowered, to get more tools," Reed says. "I want to be able to defend this position better and better serve."

London Henry, also in her 20s, attended and is trying to find supporters to print her two pro-life novels, which are now e-books. Henry, from Beaverton, intentionally seeks out pro-choice people from her generation to have conversations. She thinks 20-somethings, religious or not, have the potential to be more pro-life because they accept the science about when an unique life begins. 

Kassi Sedgwick, a young mother of seven from Newport, wants to pass on pro-life teachings to her children, two of whom attended.

"In a narcissistic world, I feel they need to have tools to combat what their peers are saying," explained Sedgwick, a member of St. Mary Church in Siletz. 

Father Frank Pavone, founder of Priests for Life, told listeners they need not be ashamed about focusing on abortion as their cause. 

"When we defend the right to life we are defending the rights of the creator," Father Pavone said. "We never have to apologize for focusing on one issue."

He told pro-lifers they will meet opposition at all times, even from within their churches. He did offer tips for making parishes more pro-life.  

"The first thing the church needs to do is stop the killing in its own ranks," Father Pavone told the crowd that filled two ballrooms. "Many people in the congregation are pregnant and don't know what to do. Many have children or grandchildren who are pregnant and don't know what to do."

He said Catholics should help their parishes announce the alternatives to abortion by putting pregnancy resource center announcements and phone numbers in the bulletin, on the parish website and even on signs in front of the church. Catholics should know addresses and phone numbers of the centers by heart to give to pregnant women in need. Some may even want to give such women a ride to the centers. 

He urged pro-lifers to build up relationships between their priests and the centers. 
To priests who hesitate, Father Pavone said the pro-life issue needs to be more truly framed as an issue of healing and help, not a political debate.  

"We are not taking away people's rights; we are trying to take away their despair," he said, citing abortion healing ministries like Rachel's Vineyard and the website 

He told pro-lifers that if a pastor lacks courage to take on the pro-life cause, then "maybe God sent you as a prophetic witness to him."
Guest Speaker: Ann Saladin
She is the Catholic mother of a former 4th generation Girl Scout, and creator of, which shares pro-life concerns regarding the Girl Scout organization through documented examples from Girl Scouts' own currently available resources.
She has shared these concerns extensively in the media and presented to churches, clergy, and pro-life organizations around the country, including the 2013 National Right to Life Convention. She resides in St. Louis, MO with her husband and 4 children.
documenting pro-life concerns about the girl scouts.
council by council. has one simple goal: to provide documentation of Girl Scout concerns that directly impact those seeking information. provides further examples and documentation relating to the local, national and international levels of the organization.   
May God Bless & Keep You, Amy Cookson


    Parishioners Steve and Yvonne Holthouse (and Sadie!) peacefully praying at the
    Beaverton Planned Parenthood as part of the Spring "40 Days for Life" Campaign. 



Pictures from the Roe v. Wade Memorial Rally



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